Samsung TV Can’t Change Languages

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Samsung televisions are capable of a wide array of settings, but these settings can only be helpful if you can navigate them. One of the most important TV settings is the language. Whether you bought a new TV whose default language is not what you would like, or your kids stole the remote, pushed a bunch of buttons, and changed the language, you will need to know this: How to change the language on a Samsung TV. But what if what you do doesn’t work?

The language setting for your Samsung TV can be found in settings. Selecting your preferred language will change the language for all TV menus and text but will not change your programming language. Keep reading to learn more about setting your Samsung TV language and troubleshooting tips for when your TV is not changing to the correct language.

How Do You Change Your Samsung TV’s Language?

Your TV settings may change slightly depending on the year it was made. For Samsung TVs made in 2017 or newer, follow these steps:

  1. Press the home button found on your remote.
  2. Find the “settings” option; it is marked with a gear icon.
  3. Within settings, navigate to “general,” which will have a wrench icon.
  4. You then will see a system manager option, and within that menu will find all of the languages your TV can be set to.

Samsung TVs overall have a pretty straightforward menu to navigate to change the language, but sometimes you will encounter errors and other issues that may require more troubleshooting.

What to Do if the Language Can’t Change on a Samsung TV

If your Samsung TV is not allowing you to change the language or is not remembering that language, it may be best to factory reset the TV and have it run the setup in the language of your choosing.

To factory reset your Samsung TV:

  1. Press the home button found on your remote.
  2. Find the “settings” option; it is marked with a gear icon.
  3. Under Settings, you will find the “Reset” option. Select this option and select okay on the popup. This will factory reset your TV.

After completing the factory reset of your Samsung TV, complete the new TV set up as normal. You will be able to select your preferred language in the first step of the setup.

Changing Language Settings on Samsung TV without a Remote

Sometimes you need to use your TV when you don’t have a remote. Samsung has made this an easy process. Your Samsung TV may have controls located in different positions directly on the TV to control your TV without a remote. These controls are not designed for everyday use and may limit what you can control on your TV, but they can help in a pinch.

Controls on the Back of the TV

Most Samsung TVs will have their controls on the back of the TV in the bottom right-hand corner. If your controls are on the back of your Samsung TV, you will find a control stick that adjusts the volume and channel. The Control stick will also give you access to a menu on the TV with the following options.

  • Home Menu
  • Settings Menu
  • Return to the previous menu
  • Selecting the source for the TV
  • Power

Controls in the Center on the Bottom of the TV

With a control panel found in the center of the TV on the bottom edge, you will have access to the following:

  • Power
  • Changing the channel
  • Changing the volume
  • Smart Hub menu
  • Settings menu
  • Return to the previous menu
  • Selecting the source for the TV

If you find a control panel on the back or bottom of your TV, navigate to the settings menu, then follow the steps above to change the language.

Single Button in the Center or Bottom-Right of the TV

If you only have a single button on the bottom of the TV, whether in the center or on the right side, you will only have access to the following:

  • Turning the TV on and off
  • Changing the channel
  • Changing the volume
  • Selecting the source for the TV

The models of Samsung TVs with only one control button will not allow you to change the language of the TV without the remote.

In Summary

Samsung TVs have a pretty straightforward process to change the language on the TV as long as you have the remote. Some TVs will allow you to access the settings and change the language without a remote, but this is not possible with all Samsung TVs. If changing the language on your TV is not working as it should, a factory reset might be your best option to get the TV working as needed.

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